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Browsing Deacon Russ (from the weekly bulletin)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Thoughts from Deacon Russ

Our Called and Sent Program Commitment Sunday is this weekend at all Masses. We encourage all parishioners to complete and turn in your commitment cards to the church. The Commitment Card contains information on how to plan your increased offertory gift to the church, and asks for your commitment over the next year. If you have any questions regarding the Called and Sent Program please feel free to contact me at the parish office.


It surprised me, but, then again, it shouldn’t have that on the weekend we are turning in our Intention Cards for our Called and Sent Program that we hear Jesus say in the Gospel: “You cannot serve God and mammon.” This “coincidence” is anything but with God. Jesus speaks more often about money and material things than most any-thing else in the Gospel. Why do you think that is? Probably because money can cause a lot of problems for people. Yes, it’s good to have money for what you really need, but spending it on the wrong things can get us into trouble. Please prayerfully consider what is the best use of your money in God’s mind.


The 2017 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1, for Latin-rite Catholics. In a particular way during Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy that "remind us that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit." "Lent is a favorable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognizing in them the face of Christ."-- Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2017

Take inspiration for your Lenten journey from prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and house-holds: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection.


On Ash Wednesday and on most other Wednesdays during Lent we will have soup suppers following Mass. Please join us for fun and fellowship.


On Ash Wednesday it was suggested we have a forum where you can submit questions, and I answer them according to what the Church teaches. In order to give me a little preparation time, we would like your questions in advance. Please use the backs of the prayer cards found in the pews. Write down your question, and drop it in the collection, or you can go here: to submit your question electronically.


There are several second collections during Lent beginning next week with the collection for Black and Indian Missions. These special collections offer you the opportunity to give alms during this Lenten season. Another way is by using the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. CRS Rice Bowl is one way Catholics can enhance their Lenten fasting practice by giving up meals and donating the cost of those meals to Catholic Relief Services in order to help those who do not have enough to eat. Please pick up a Rice Bowl on your way out of church today.

FASTING AND ABSTINENCE—Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS—The Knights of Columbus will once again be leading us in the stations of the cross each Friday during Lent at 6:30 p.m. Walking the stations is a very old tradition possibly going back to Mary retracing Christ’s steps.


Mardi Gras Party

All young adults are invited to a Fat Tuesday event featuring a Mardi Gras themed party on Tuesday, February 28. Join us in the parish hall, lower level of church, from 7 – 9 p.m. Join us for authentic New Orleans cuisine, drinks, and more! Check us out on Facebook.

Theology Night Out

Our next Theology Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14. Join us for an evening with Fr. Andy Syberg, as he shares his love for Mary, Our Mother. The evening begins with hospitality at 7:00 p.m. Our presentation will begin around 7:15 p.m. and wrap up around 9:00 p.m. Food and drinks are provided. A free will offering will be taken.

Lenten Practices Discussed at Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, March 2, at 6:15 in the parish hall. Fr. Clem will begin the program with a quick introduction of the Gospel readings for Lent. Then we will break into several small groups to discuss Len-ten practices. Prayer, penitence, alms, and fasting are very common practices, but are there other particular acts or be-haviors that may be personally helpful in preparing ourselves for Holy Week and Easter? Come join us for a tasty meal, good fellowship, and an insightful ex-change of ideas on Lenten practices.

Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference

March 25, 2017. Sponsored by the Marian Center of Indianapolis and the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Marriott Hotel downtown Indianapolis, 350 W. Maryland St.

Fr. Ronan Murphy, ordained on the Feast of Fatima in the year 2000. Father is a member of the Marian Movement of Priests.

Fr. James Blount S.O.L.T. is returning again to us to share his gifts of the Holy Spirit and his ministry of healing. As an exorcist Father will share where we are in the world today and how to move forward in our journey to Christ.

Carrie Gress PHD, young mother of 4 a renowned speaker, author of 5 books and blogger

For information go to or call: 317-888-0873.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE STARTS WEDNESDAY! You can register and sign up here: Every time we do this campaign, abortion numbers drop dramatically. Thank you for all of your past help and prayers. Please consider spending one hour in prayer at the Planned Parenthood location in Bloomington.